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Hodge Memories

On Valentine's Day in 1972, ground was broken by former South Carolina governor John C. West for the Nursing-Physical Education Building at the University of South Carolina Regional Campus in Spartanburg.

Opened in January of 1973, just 10 months later and dedicated in May 1973, the two-story G.B. Hodge Center has evolved along with the entire campus, from the regional campus to USC Spartanburg to USC Upstate. The nursing department has moved into its own building twice more to help produce more talented health care professionals and the physical education department, which once held its offices in the Hodge Center, moved into the Health Education Complex in 2008. Now, the Hodge Center is home to the intercollegiate athletics department, as it has been for the past 37 years, along with the Math department.

As the Hodge Center's signature room, the gymnasium that has hosted more than 1,250 intercollegiate athletic events since Governor West dedicated the building on May 4, 1973, readies itself for its biggest facelift in the building's history, it is only appropriate that the USC Upstate Athletics Department also takes a moment to reflect on some of the greatest moments in the venerable bandbox's 13,757-day lifespan.

With that, presents to you, listed in chronological order, 10 of the greatest moments in the Hodge Center's athletic history.

Moment 1:
The Rifles open the Hodge, 1973

Moment 2:
Men's Basketball's win the PAC, 1974

Moment 3:
Men's Basketball's National Title run, 1982

Moment 4:
Volleyball's First District Six Title, 1987

Moment 5:
Women's Basketball's First NCAA Game, 1993

Moment 6:
Men's Basketball's 50-game win streak, 1989-93

Moment 7:
Women's Basketball's 34-game win streak, 1992-95

Moment 8:
Volleyball's 30-match win streak, 1992-95

Moment 9:
Volleyball wins Peach Belt Tournament title, 1995

Moment 10:
Women's Basketball's first A-Sun win, 2008